Dr. Stephanie Fryberg : Director

Dr. Stephanie Fryberg


Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, is the Director of The Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity. Dr. Fryberg is also a Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.  As a social and cultural psychologist, her research focuses on how social representations of race, culture, and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being, physical health, and educational attainment.  In addition to publishing articles in leading academic journals, Dr. Fryberg provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Early Career Award, and was inducted into Stanford University’s Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame.

Kristina Chamberlin : Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Kristina Chamberlin

Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Dr. Kristina G. Chamberlin is a postdoctoral research fellow for the RISE Center at the University of Michigan. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Gettysburg College and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Florida State University. Her research broadly concerns the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and intergroup processes that influence prejudice, discrimination, and civic engagement to combat systemic injustice. Her dissertation examined the consequences of interracial friendships with Whites and White friends’ antiracism for Black and Latino individuals’ participation in antiracist collective action. At RISE, Kristina engages in research to better understand the causes and consequences of omission and dehumanization of Native Peoples in U.S. society. Ultimately, her goals are to draw attention to the sustained and widespread harm caused by systemic injustice and motivate individuals to challenge practices and institutions that uphold that injustice.

Kelly House : Research Coordinator

Kelly House

Research Coordinator

Kelly House is currently a Research Coordinator for the RISE Center at the University of Michigan. She is a member of the Oneida Nation from Wisconsin. She earned her B.S in Psychology, with an emphasis in Mental Health, and First Nations Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She dedicated her undergraduate career to improving Native American students’ experiences on the UWGB campus through several research and social justice projects. Her research interests broadly involve the effects of prejudice, discrimination, and stereotypes on underrepresented communities, specifically surrounding and within Native American communities. In her free time, she enjoys bullet journaling and spending time with her family and friends.

Aaron Luedtke : RISE Faculty Affiliate

Aaron Luedtke

RISE Faculty Affiliate
Aaron Luedtke is an assistant professor of Native history at Syracuse University. Aaron’s scholarship focuses on Indigenous survivance despite the continued violence of erasure and dehumanization in mainstream media, historical narratives, education, and other genres that shape the American popular imaginary. Aaron’s current book project explores the myriad ways that Indigenous groups resisted the violence of settler colonialism throughout the Great Lakes by adapting western customs and practices within their own cultural milieu. Most particularly, as administrators, early frontier novelists, and mid-nineteenth century antiquarian historians evolved quasi-official narratives that whitewashed the violence of dispossession and settler encroachment, Great Lakes Natives defied the myths of their own inferiority and vanishing by participating in the arena of the United States’ print culture.
Aaron is descended from the Suquamish people of the Pacific Northwest, though he considers the Great Lakes his home and the focus of his current scholarship. Before they died, Aaron’s father and uncle both lived on and served the Suquamish reservation in Indianola, Washington. While he is not currently serving his own people directly, Aaron spends his life in the service of Indigenous peoples globally by confronting the challenges of misrepresentation and marginalization in the American and global public consciousness.
Adam Farero : Assistant Research Scientist

Adam Farero

Assistant Research Scientist

Adam Farero is a member of the Bay Mills Indian Community, which is part of the Sault Ste. Marie Band of Chippewa Indians of Michigan. He earned his PhD at Michigan State University where he studied Human Development and Family Studies, with a specialization in Couple and Family Therapy. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist. His research has focused on resilience and posttraumatic growth in individuals and families, as well as quantitative methods. He is currently an assistant research scientist at the RISE Center, where he is excited to be engaged in research that seeks to empower Native voices, bring visibility to the Native experience, combat systemic racism and stereotypes, and celebrate Native culture.